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Judge to Approve Governor's Divorce

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's divorce will become final next month, just over a year after the first lady discovered his affair with an Argentine woman he later called his soul mate.

Family Court Judge Jocelyn Cate said Friday she plans to OK Jenny Sanford's request to split from her husband of 20 years. The divorce takes effect in mid-March. Details Here


Legal Pad: Nothing "Tacky" about This History 

By MJ Goodwin

I was reminded of my Law School days recently when I returned to the University of South Carolina, this time as an instructor.  Law School is part of my own personal history.  Some parts of Law School were like
MJ Goodwin. Legal Pad
the movie “The Paper Chase.”  Constitutional Law was one such class.  Consequently, Constitutional Law was not a favorite among first year law students.  It is, of course, a required course.  It is very necessary for any lawyer to have a good understanding of the basic fundamentals of our legal system no matter in what area he or she chooses to practice.  But nevertheless, there was a collective “groan” among first year law students as the subject of Constitutional Law was approached.   I realize it’s been twenty years since I was in Law School, but I don’t remember Constitutional Law being discussed outside the Law School.  Compare that with the almost constant Constitutional debates that are now on the 24 hour news networks.  It seems everyone has a book out with his or her view of what the Constitution really means and what the Framers really intended.  It is important to know history.  History shapes the future.  Our collective history is as important as our personal histories....Read latest "Legal Pad" here


County Council to Look at Vehicle Policy, Election Changes

Anderson County Council will discuss the county's vehicle policy and vote on moving some municipal elections under the Elections Commission.

The meeting will be held March 2 at 6 p.m. at the historic county courthouse. Complete agenda here.


DeMint Ranked #2 Most Coservative on New List

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), has been listed as the second most conservate member of Congress by the National Journal.

For a complete list of most conservative and liberal members of Congress, go here:


Walk for the Docs to Support Free Clinic

The 21st annual Walk with the Docs benefiting the Anderson & Honea Path Free Clinics will be held on Saturday, March 20. The Anderson Walk begins in Chris Taylor Park at the Civic Center at 10:00 a.m., and the Honea Path Walk begins at the Honea Path Middle School Football Field at 11:00 a.m.
Registration is $25 and includes an official Walk t-shirt. For more information, call Melissa Powell at 226-1294, x222 or visit the Free Clinic’s web site at


Gospel Tabernacle Serves Up Hope on South Main Street

By Tara Payne
On any given Sunday, 300 meals for those in need are prepared in the kitchen of a small church with a big heart.

Gospel Tabernacle at 1613 S Main Street, has been reaching out to the South Anderson community for almost 20 years.  Established in 1991, the church began a ministry to feed those in need of help in 1993. In order to make this ministry successful, they had to build on to their existing fellowship hall in order to add an industrial-sized kitchen. Before this, the food ministry had consisted of a potluck style dinner with members preparing various dishes from home. As the minister of Gospel Tabernacle, the Rev. Velma Williford believes that God has given her a mission and passion to feed the hungry.
She believes this is what God has called her church to do as well; which is why the feeding ministry is member supported.  All food is donated by church members and local businesses; such as BI-LO, Panera Bread Company, Sam’s Club and Sam’s Curb Market. Orville Baptist Church also supports the ministry.

Volunteers give their time faithfully, every Sunday, cooking, serving, and cleaning. On any given Sunday, 300 meals are prepared in the kitchen of a small church with a big heart.
Every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. people can be seen waiting in line behind the church for their warm meal.  Rain or shine they are there.  Some of them walk from neighboring houses and others drive up and park.  Many of the people that are served are homeless and live on the streets. Most of them just need a little extra help to fill in the gaps because money is tight. 

It all begins after the members get out of Sunday service. the Rev. Williford and others from the church greet the people in line making them feel welcome there which includes cooking up a southern meal fit for Grandma’s table. Other volunteers are busy filling up the boxes with food or handing out the bags.  Whatever the job, they are smiling and ready to help. Each person waiting in line receives a plastic bag with two Styrofoam box meals inside; one for lunch and one for supper.  If you are interested in donating food or money to this ministry, or if you have any questions, please contact: Gospel Tabernacle of Faith Church at 1613 S Main Street, Anderson, SC (864) 261-7107.


Electric City Playhouse Hosts Christopher Branch CD Release

On March 12 at 8:00PM local singer/songwriter/guitarist Christopher Branch will be performing songs from his third CD, “And If All These Things Are True”, along with a selection of previously released works, to celebrate the release of the album. Christopher was raised in the Foothills of South Carolina and has been a successful songwriter, solo artist and frontman for the extremely talented band, Cedars Of Lebanon. Known for a honest writing style, his work shows his blue-collar, bible-belt upbringing, and the wide assortment of music that he was introduced to at a young age. His knack for mixing introspective and playful lyrics with a percussive guitar style, and his bluesy-gruff voice, has gained him many fans around the Southeast. He has been featured at various events and festivals and has shared the stage with many respected artists such as NeedToBreathe, Jars Of Clay and Tom Conlon. Christopher’s songwriting repertoire is wide-ranging for a young man and his songs have been covered by many regional artists. Christopher currently lives in Seneca, SC with his dogs Bijou and Chantilly, and is engaged to his beautiful fiancée, Keri Rose.

 The Christopher Branch concert and CD release party at the Electric City Playhouse follows the sold out performances of Man of Constant Sorrows, A Stanley Brothers Musical, the 9th Annual Clay Ross Reunion Concert and the wildly popular Showtime at First Baptist, and continues to solidify ECP as the one of the most sought-after performing art venues in the Upstate. General admission tickets for March 12th at 8:00PM are $10 and include a free copy of the new album, "And If All These Things Are True." Seating is limited and expected to fill up quickly. For ticket information please call the Electric City Playhouse Box Office at (864) 224-4248 or visit


AIM Needs Volunteers for Food Distribution

If you can spare a few hours on Saturday mornings to help others, AIM has a service opportunity for you!  Please join us as we distribute more than 5,000 pounds of fresh and non-perishable food items to community members in need.  Volunteers will gather at 8:00 a.m. for approx. 3 hours until 11:00 a.m., in the parking lot of First Baptist Churchin Anderson.  The church is located at 307 S. Manning Street in Anderson.  The lot we meet in is on the corner of E. Market and S. Manning Streets, behind the FederalBuilding.

Volunteers are needed for both THIS Saturday, February 27, as well as for Saturday, March 13.  Please email  or call 965-9077 to leave a message if you plan to volunteer.  Please leave your name, date you can help and the number of volunteers who will be coming.  Please also leave a telephone number should there be any reason we would need to contact you (such as the weather cancellation two weeks ago.) 

If you have any plastic grocery bags that you can donate, please bring them with you, as we use LOTS at one of these distributions.

All are welcome to come out and help, however, if you are in need of food assistance, we would rather you come and find a spot in line so that we can focus together on meeting your current need.  You can then come and volunteer at a future event when you do not need the assistance yourself.


United Way Grant to Help Neighborhoods

Anderson, SC --  Imagine a neighborhood where children can safely play outdoors and blight has been transformed into beauty. The United Way of Anderson County imagined such a neighborhood and with several community partners throughout the area made this kind of a neighborhood a reality.  Now, they are challenging groups and organizations that have an idea for improving the appearance or safety of a neighborhood in Anderson County to participate in the 2010 Imagine a Neighborhood Initiative.  Any group or organization that sends at least two participants through a four week training course is eligible to apply for up to $5,000 in grant funds to help with a project that betters a neighborhood in Anderson County. The training sessions are scheduled for March 4 and 18, and April 8 and 22, 6:00 PM at the United Way office, 907 North Main St.

In 2009 The Imagine a Neighborhood Initiative of the United Way of Anderson County trained 43 grassroots and community leaders earlier in topics such as creating a vision, organizing the community, grant writing, and implementing a neighborhood project.  In April 2009, five grassroots and faith based organizations received project grants to improve a neighborhood.

  •  Zion Street Community Center, Belton made improvements on 23 properties on and around Zion Street, and helped the neighbors create a neighborhood association.
  •  East Anderson Community of Shalom provided a Summer Enrichment Program for 90 children, offering them breakfast, lunch and positive activities on East Whitner Street in Anderson.
  •  Sunrise Outreach Ministries worked with the Southeast Community Task Force to organize and implement a Community Festival at Greeley Park on Anderson’s Southside.
  • Reed Street Volunteers Progress established a neighborhood After School Homework Help Center at St. Paul’s Baptist Church on Anderson’s Westside.
  • Mt. Carmel CME Church sponsored a Summer Enrichment Program and a Preschool Education program in southeast Anderson for 75 children and youth. 

The United Way of Anderson County through financial and human resources is helping neighbors create their own positive changes.  One resident whose home received improvements wrote, “The United Way’s Imagine a Neighborhood has been just what we needed to reclaim our neighborhood.”

To register for participation contact Kurt Stutler, United Way of Anderson County, 226-3438 or before March 2, 2010.


Tri-County Tech To Hold Trade Adjustment Assistance Seminar Lunch

Tri-County Technical College (Pendleton Campus) will be hosting a Lunch & Learn: Trade Adjustment Assistance for Manufacturers seminar on Wednesday, March 3rd from 11 am – 12:30 pm in the Industrial Business & Development Center (Rooms IBDC 126 & 127). Andy Helm, Strategic Business Manager of the Southeastern Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (SETAAC) at Georgia Institute of Technology will be the presenter. Manufacturers may qualify for up to $75,000 in Trade Adjustment Assistance to help improve their business!  Manufacturers definitely won’t want to miss this informative seminar.

Anyone who is interested in attending may register by calling (864-646-1700) or by registering online by clicking the link below.  Complete information (Frequently Asked Questions) about the Trade Assistance for Manufacturers seminar is also available by clicking the link below.

Space is limited so we encourage early registration.



Anderson University Student Ministry Organization Hosts First Annual Ministry Fair

Anderson —Anderson University’s College of Christian Studies will host its first annual Spring Ministry Fair on March 26th from 1-3:00pm in the Vandiver Art Gallery on Anderson’s campus. The event, co-sponsored by the A-TEAM student ministry organization, will bring churches and ministries together with AU’s ministry-minded students to explore service options in a wide variety of settings. 

"This event is an opportunity for churches and ministries to make contact with the outstanding ministry students at Anderson University, both graduate and undergraduate students,” explains Dr. Michael Duduit, dean of the College of Christian Studies. “Some of them are graduating from AU and will be looking for places to serve on a full-time basis, while many others are still students and would love to find part-time ministry positions or summer jobs."

A-TEAM president Adam Wright comments, “The ministry fair is a huge opportunity for students because it provides a chance to plug in and network with ministries in the area. This is a chance for God to allow us to build relationships and lay a foundation for our future ministries.”          

Churches and ministries are invited to come and share about their work and any current or future staffing needs. Full or part-time work and paid or volunteer opportunities are all of interest, since AU students are eager to do Kingdom work now, this summer, and post-graduation.  

The event is free to exhibitors and students alike. To reserve an exhibit spot, contact the College of Christian Studies at 864.328.1809 or email by March 15.


Clemson Symphonic Band to Perform March 2

The Clemson University Symphonic Band, under the direction of professor Mark
Spede, will share the stage with two guest conductors at its Tuesday, March
2, concert at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

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Free Lenten Lunch Concerts Begin March 4

A series of free Lenten lunchtime concerts will be presented at Grace Episcopal Church beginning Thursday, March 4th, at 12:15 p.m.  The first concert will be by Jay Taylor on the classical guitar. 

 The church is located at 711 McDuffie Street in historic downtown Anderson. A catered lunch will be provided for $6 by Pam Garrett of Carolina Catering. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling the church office at 225-8011.

Thursday, March 11th, at 12:15 p.m. will be the second concert and features Vance Jenkins on piano.

Lena Davis, director, and the Shape Note Community Workshop Choir will perform at the third concert on Thursday, March 18th.

On March 25th, the Lenten organ works of Robert J. Powell will be presented by David Turner, organist of Christ Church, Greenville.